Latin4everyone reported on the first two volumes of the Japanese manga, Thermæ Romæ, by Mari Yamazaki and published in Tokyo by Enterbrain. We found the series is a magnificent collision between ancient Rome and modern Japan.
In case you’ve forgetten, Thermæ Romæ follows a Roman architect named Lucius, who is having trouble coming up with ideas. One day, he discovers a hidden tunnel underneath a spa that leads him to a modern Japanese bath house. Inspired by the innovations found there, he creates his own spa, Roma Thermæ , bringing in the modern ideas to his time.
Volumes III and IV been published but the series has been joined by a website and an animated series.
Thermæ Romæ III テルマエ・ロマエ III, Tokyo: Enterbrain, 2011 ISBN: 4047272329
Thermæ Romæ IV テルマエ・ロマエ III, Tokyo: Enterbrain, 2011 ISBN: 4047275158
The six-part animation in Japanese produced by DLE Inc, with English subtitles, is directed by Azuma Tani at Frogman Company, air on Fuji TV and may be purchased here: http://www.dle.jp/en/ or torrented here: http://bakabt.me/details.php?id=164776&page=0. The six-part series appears to be part of promotion for a full-length animated feature. Review here: http://chronicleholic.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/thermae-romae-review/.